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The "Here's Lucy" reboot

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Neil    1,220

If they can do "Valerie" without Valerie Harper, "Rosanne" without Rosanne Barr, why not....

"Here's Lucy" without Lucy, the sequel series entitled  "Lucy's Family"

Lucy Carter gets her dream job of secretary to the stars.  Since the new job involves a lot of travel, she sublets her Valley Lawn Drive house to Mary Jane.    After MJ divulges what really took place with her boss on that Santa Barbara trip, he is fired from the firm and disbarred, leaving Mary Jane jobless.  Desperate for a quick replacement, Harry hires her--and soon regrets it.  Once Lucy's relatives hear that she has vacated her house, both Lucy's mother Dede Hinkley (Elvia Allman) and brother Herb move in, despite Mary Jane's reservations.  With too many Hinkleys underfoot, Kim moves in with Uncle Harry.  Meanwhile, newlyweds Sam and Vanda buy the house next door to Lucy's.    Stories involve Harry adjusting to his new secretary, even daffier than the one she replaced; veil-taking confirmed-bachelor Harry's sudden father-figure role with Kim at home; and Mary Jane's constant battles with the freeloading Hinkleys aided by neighbors Sam and Vanda.  (Despite Mary Jane Croft being elevated to a starring part in this series, she's still listed under "with" in the closing credits.)  A "Lucille Ball Production"  (LBP, Inc.)

I expect "MOT" to flesh this out!!

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Luvsbway    1,820

Mary Jane had a #metoo moment.  And that name, DeDe Hinkley.

They need an episode where Craig unexpectedly shows up. Maybe he dropped out of college to join the competive surfing circuit in Australia and hasn't been heard from in years.

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Mot Morenzi    1,319
17 hours ago, Neil said:

Despite Mary Jane Croft being elevated to a starring part in this series, she's still listed under "with" in the closing credits.

:hlLOL:!!!!!!!!!!!

I laughed 'til I practically cried at this.

17 hours ago, Neil said:

I expect "MOT" to flesh this out!!

Let the fleshing out begin! I think we should incorporate every character possible for this. Why not have Vivian Jones buy the Hinkley's other neighboring house and wind up playing landlady to Carol Krausmeyer. Viv's misadventures with Carol remind her of her past shenanigans with another wacky redhead.

17 hours ago, Luvsbway said:

They need an episode where Craig unexpectedly shows up. Maybe he dropped out of college to join the competitive surfing circuit in Australia and hasn't been heard from in years.

Yes! And he's been shacking up with Ann-Margret the whole time. When the two of them turn up, Ann's 'spectin' and he needs steady work to support the baby. This results in an awkward scene where he bumps into ex-girlfriend Suzie Hubbard, who sees him with his new lady and has only one word - "BEAST!"

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Neil    1,220
On 6/5/2018 at 0:27 PM, Mot Morenzi said:

 

Yes! And he's been shacking up with Ann-Margret the whole time. 

Ann-Margaret and Craig could do a variation of the "Rock Sisters" segment that Lucy did on Carol Burnett's show.

When Justin Bieber's opening act, "The Six Bare Feet" cancels at the last minute because their podiatrist schedules emergency hammer-toe surgery (they never fully recovered from that saxophone mishap), Justin's producer has to come up with a new act on the spot.  Viewing a tape of Ann-Margaret and Craig doing "Country Magic" and no time to audition, he hires them sight unseen, not realizing the clip is almost 50 years old.   Imagine his chagrin (and the Bieber audience reaction) when 78 year old Ann and 65 year old Craig show up in those same costumes ready to "frug" their way through the number once again!

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Neil    1,220

OK, well how about this one?

(Remember the premise is the Mary Jane sublet Lucy's house.  Lucy is traveling as 'secretary to the stars'. Kim has moved in with her Uncle Harry. The Hinkleys: Lucy's mother Dede and brother Herb have moved in with Mary Jane but want the house) 

“MARY JANE MEETS HER MATCH”

The conniving Hinkleys overhear Mary Jane reciting her “I am beautiful….. because I have an inner glow” mantra and perceive (not without cause) this  as an onset of senility.  They figure this is just what they need to gain conservatorship over Mary Jane and ownership of the house and alert the authorities.  Sensing a possible negative outcome for Mary Jane, Harry and Kim see a picture in the paper of visiting socialite Cynthia Harcourt, notice the distinct resemblance and hatch a plan. 

Meanwhile the Harcourts, eager to take in LA nightlife, visit the Royal Club featuring headliner “Miss Pat, the Hip Hypnotist”.  Reluctant Cynthia becomes part of the act.  Miss Pat plants the suggestion in her head that when she hears a chipmunk voice, she’ll go from sophisticated to daffy.   (insert “uh-oh” laugh)

The next day, to gain access to the Harcourt’s Beverly Palms suite, Harry and his “spoiled daughter” Kim represent themselves as West Palm Beach yacht owners wishing to sell, and schedule the Harcourts to come over to the Valley Lawn Drive  house to seal the deal during the time set for Mary Jane’s  court-ordered psychological evaluation (sending Mary Jane out on a wild goose chase errand) in the hopes that the mental competency assessors will evaluate Cynthia instead of Miss Lewis.  All goes as planned until Mary Jane unexpectedly returns early from her errand and squeaks out:  “Harry, I couldn’t find any wild geese on Echo Park Lake”.  Insert “boing” sound-effect as Cynthia goes so wild-eyed that she and Mary Jane become indistinguishable, eventually harmonizing a pitch-challenged version of “Organically Yours” together, leaving all confused and Mr. Harcourt not sure of which one to take home. 

FADE OUT.

TAG SCENE: New neighbors, New England transplants, the Foster twins, Audrey and Betty (now Simmons and Ramsey) arrive to invite the Valley Lawn household to a get-acquainted dinner party---prompting the assessors and the Hinkleys to scream and scurry out the door in horror!  Harcourt hastily picks a “Cynthia” at random and leaves, hoping for the best. 

Harcourt: Hy Averback.  Competency assessors: Barbara Morrison, Florence Bates.

 

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Mot Morenzi    1,319

Love the idea of Mary Jane playing all of her Lucy characters in one episode. Try doing that with Frank Nelson...yeeeeeesh!

"The Dinner Party" - Hoping to get better acquainted with their neighbors, the Hinkleys plan a dinner party and invite Sam, Vanda, Harry, Kim, Viv and Carol. Not much liking the Hinkleys, Viv and Carol scheme to scare them off by disguising Cynthia (Carole Cook) as Lucy, arranging for her to "return home" and order her freeloading relatives out midway through dinner. Unbeknownst to them, Harry and Kim have come up with a similar plan involving a wax model head of Lucy that Harry found on eBay, sculpted by the famous Golddaper. The Hinkleys get the fright of their life at dinner when confronted with two Lucys, and the sight of the wax one melting before their eyes (Mary Jane knocked over a candle and set it on fire) only scares them even more. Just when everyone thinks they're rid of them, however, the real Lucy pops in ("I forgot my lipstick") and the plan is exposed. 

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Mot Morenzi    1,319

"The Tenant Trap" - Tired of the Hinkleys invading her legally sublet house, Mary Jane conspires with Vanda to arrange a series of booby traps throughout the house and grounds, in order to make DeDe and Herb think the house is jinxed and flee. Unfortunately, the traps manage to snare everybody BUT the Hinkleys - Sam steps on the tarp in the yard and falls into an underground pit; Kim puts her foot through the rope and winds up hanging upside down from a tree; Viv must send her knit suit to the tailor after finding the sofa cushion super-glued to it; while Carol gets the fright of her life after the downstairs toilet gushes instead of flushes. All this culminates with Harry admiring the "taxidermy" skunk on the mantle a little too closely, and sending Mary Jane the bill for the dry-cleaners and a bottle of Flo's Industrial Soap Scrub.

"Peaches and Scream" - Mary Jane and DeDe have both entered Sam's cooking contest down at the café, with the winning recipe earning a place on the menu. Mary Jane decides to submit her famous peach cobbler, passed down her family for generations. Never one for honest competition, and knowing her beef hash needs all the help it can get, unscrupulous DeDe doctors the cobbler the night before submission with a mixture of stool-softeners and cayenne pepper. The next day, the concoction wreaks havoc with Sam's chili allergy and his constipation medicine, sending him to the hospital. A furious Vanda accuses Mary Jane of trying to kill her honeybunch, but a cursory examination of the cobbler unearths one of DeDe's press-on nails, and Mary Jane turns the hose on her until she confesses outright. Mary Jane remakes her cobbler and impresses the recovered Sam enough to win the competition. In lieu of pressing charges, Sam has another idea, and everybody takes great delight in watching DeDe force down her modified cobbler with an expression akin to a Vitametavetamin drinker.

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